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Archive for May 9th, 2009

Floods and Mudslides

Posted by feww on May 9, 2009

More drought and deluge, more flooding and landslide, just about everywhere!

This season, the extreme weather and rain events may be worse than the previous season, and the worsening pattern is expected to continue.

Brazil

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People travel by boat in a flooded street in Trizidela do Vale, state of Maranhao, Brazil, Saturday, May 9, 2009. The flooding in northern Brazil is the worst in 20 years, and experts have warned river levels including the Amazon could hit records not seen since 1953 by June. (AP Photo/Andre Penner). Image may be subject to copyright.

Residents walk on a street which was flooded by the Poti river in Teresina in the northeastern Brazilian state of Piaui May 8, 2009. According to Brazilian Civil Defense, floods and mudslides from months of heavy rains in northern Brazil have driven more than 214,000 from their homes and killed at least 38 people. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL ENVIRONMENT DISASTER). Image may be subject to copyright.


An aerial view of streets flooded by Tocantins river in Maraba, north of Brazil May 6, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
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Flooding in the southern part of Brazil in November and December 2008 killed about 130 people and left another 40 missing.

Philippines

The Philippines rice production could suffer by as much as 10 percent this season.

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Extensive flooding caused by Chan Holm. Image from Reuters Video. Image may be subject to copyright.

Typhoon Chan-Holm, the fifth to hit the Philippines this year, battered the northern Philippines tearing roofs off houses, destroying roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, and felled power lines in several provinces on the main island, Luzon. Heavy rains triggered extensive mudslides killing at least 15 people, officials said on Friday.

“Forecast second quarter national rice production was cut by more than 1 percent after Typhoon Kujira hit the central Philippines last weekend, killing 27 people.” Reuters reported.

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More Hell-arious Polar Bear News

Posted by feww on May 9, 2009

Farewell Polar Bear!

Obama team OK with Bush polar bear climate rule


[Independent] Polar Bear Mum to Ken Salazar: We know why you and that lawyer in the White House hate our guts.  But, what if we moved to the White House and butt-kicked the lot of you to Alaska?”

“The Obama administration said on Friday it will keep a Bush-era rule that weakens protection for polar bears’ icy habitat and plays down links between the threatened status of the species and climate change.” Reuters reported.

“Seeing the polar bear’s habitat melting and an iconic species threatened is an environmental tragedy of the modern age,” U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a telephone briefing.

“The best course of action for protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act is to wisely implement the current rule, not revoke it at this time,” which would cause confusion, Salazar said.


Kenneth Lee “Ken” Salazar 50th United States Secretary of the Interior seen in this undated photo wearing a flag pin to prove something. The wrong person for the wrong job in the wrong administration in the wrong country at a wrong time doing all the wrong things and telling the same lies.

A spokesperson for the Center for Biological Diversity, among other environmental groups questioning the decision, wondered how the Obama team’s argument could possibly be relevant because the Endangered Species Act does not  deal with large-scale threats like extinction, but it was meant to limit the use of the pesticide DDT.

Punching the air with joy, Alaska’s oil and gas Senator Lisa Murkowski said she was overwhelmed with the department’s decision to retain the existing rule, “which provides rational measures for the protection of polar bears within their natural range.”

And if the polar bears’ natural range keeps on shrinking? Hey, look, we are all human, aren’t we? Look at the blaze in Santa Barbara county!

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